Grazing in the estuary


2014 © Christopher Martin

When I was in the Khutzeymateen (K’tzim-a-deen) in June, the sedge was waist-high in the estuary which sits at the end of park’s fjord.  The Grizzly bears come out of hibernation in late May or early June and the grass is growing fast and waiting for them.  We spent an hour watching this boar mowing a path through the green.  He was a big, beautiful bear and it was a privilege to spend some time watching him in his valley.

2014 © Christopher Martin

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Grizzly and grass - 2014 © Christopher Martin

We took the zodiac from the sailboat in the morning and were lucky that the weather didn’t beat us up.  The rain varied between a drizzle and a downpour which provided great mood to some of the images.   Being in the Great Bear Rainforest on the west coast, it can rain hard and often does.  There is a point where it is impossible to photograph, or even stay outside, but that day it went easy on us and played nicely.  Along the way we saw several bears at different points in the estuary and only headed out when the tide started to come in.

Khutzeymateen Grizzly - 2014 © Christopher Martin

Looking up - 2014 © Christopher Martin

Grizzly and grass - 2014 © Christopher Martin –

Sitting down for dinner - 2014 © Christopher Martin

8 responses

  1. Pingback: Flashback Friday – Khutzeymateen Mists | Christopher Martin Photography

  2. Such an awesome series…will continue to come back and admire!

    September 28, 2014 at 1:36 am

  3. Wonderful photos, he looks like quite the character, could almost forget how dangerous he is!

    September 24, 2014 at 9:50 pm

  4. Cheryl

    how lucky you are to be able to view nature and wildlife like this!

    September 24, 2014 at 3:48 pm

  5. WOW amazing pictures.

    September 22, 2014 at 12:24 pm

  6. Privilege indeed!

    September 22, 2014 at 12:07 pm

  7. Fantastic photos.

    September 22, 2014 at 9:23 am

  8. Such a magnificent creature, and these photographs are truly beautiful, Chris.

    September 22, 2014 at 8:47 am

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